"Father, show us your will for our lives...and we will do it," is a phrase we seem to be praying over and over lately. You can imagine our relief/excitement/bewilderment, then, when we came across the following readings in Weeks 7 and 8 in our ever-present devotional guide, A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God:
WEEK 7: Sacred Reading
"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing."
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
WEEK 8: Affirmation
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."
James 1:5-6 (NIV)
WEEK 8: Petition
"Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit guide me on a level path." Psalm 143:10 (NIV, 1984)
WEEK 8: God's Promise
"I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me."
Proverbs 8:17 (NASB)
The moral? As always: God is good. God is at work. And God can be trusted!